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Glossary: diabetes insipidus, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

diabetes insipidus

(dy-uh-BEE-teez in-SIH-pih-dus)

A condition in which a person is very thirsty and makes large amounts of urine. The most common types of diabetes insipidus are central diabetes insipidus (a pituitary disorder) and nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (kidney failure). Diabetes insipidus is not related to diabetes mellitus, which is more common.